If you read anything this week, read this article. The sex-obsessed secular left has effectively used rhetorical bludgeoning and government power to try to silence, intimidate or drive out of the public square anyone who dares stand up to the narrative that anything less than complete acceptance of same-sex marriage and parenting is hateful bigotry. No one is safe. No business is safe. No church is safe. No politician is safe. No scholar is safe. Not even a Cal State University professor raised by two lesbians.
The last two paragraphs of his article really sum up the current state of affairs in academia, research, and culture:
[The Human Rights Campaign] email exemplifies everything that is wrong with present-day scholarship. Whole careers can be reduced, through selective quoting and willful misrepresentations, to sound bytes that destroy people’s careers. The scholar himself, in my shoes, is powerless, lacking a megaphone loud enough or the funds to refute point by point all the lies and deceptions in campaigns of character assassination.
Which brings me to my point. Under these conditions, research will die soon. Maybe it is already dead. Scholars cannot forge new ideas if they are punished for writing too much, publishing too much, considering too many ideas. There is no way for one lone scholar to prevail against full-time investigators paid by a massive lobbying organization to comb over that scholar’s work in search of embarrassing quotes. If every sentence must be written with safeguards against misquoting and interpretive abuse, then every scholarly study will sound the same, argue the some points, and support the same conclusion. That is how the field of sociology arrived at its now famous “consensus” about same-sex parenting, which Loren Marks deconstructed in 2012.
If people cease to take thinking seriously, the LGBT lobby wins. The cost of their victory will be, tragically, far more than the many careers and personal lives they destroyed in the effort to, as Josh Barro put it, “stamp out” dissenters. The cost will be the great marketplace of ideas that nourished scholarship since the days of Socrates and long before.
It’s hard to believe that there are still so many Americans naive enough to believe that this debate has ever been about “love,” “tolerance” or “equality.”